Junior Year

Polish and refine your career goals, while gaining the competence that comes from real world experience. This is also the time to begin to challenge and develop your self-marketing skills.

Study Abroad
Many students choose to study abroad during their Junior year at Wake Forest. If you’re abroad now, or have just returned from a semester abroad, use this helpful Study Abroad Checklist to make sure you’re up to speed.

Career counseling appointments are now available via WebEx. Contact our office at careers@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.5902 to schedule an appointment, identifying yourself as a Wake Forest student studying abroad, including your country. Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an email with your WebEx login instructions.

Study Abroad Videos: You can capitalize on your study abroad experience as you begin your job/internship search.  Click here to view two short videos that identify skills that you may develop during your experience and demonstrate how to talk about them in interviews.

Update Handshake
Update your Handshake profile if you change your major or career preference. The Handshake link will show you videos on getting started and tips to make your career-related search easier. Updating your profile will help us keep track of your interests so you can be up-to-date on relevant career events and opportunities.  Don’t miss out on opportunities with an old profile!

Career Course 320
Take EDU 320, Strategic Job Search, to learn how to professionally market yourself to employers.

Narrow Career Direction
Now that your major course work is well underway, it’s time to focus on your career path options. Explore your values, interests, skills, and personality through our recommended self-assessments.  Even if you know your intended career path, taking one of our assessments may help confirm your decision or teach you more about your professional skills. Explore possible career paths on Vault.com and meet with a Career Counselor to discuss your options.

Prepare for your Internship Search
Get your internship search materials ready to impress potential employers.

  • Make sure your resume is in top shape at our daily resume reviews.
  • Prepare for face-to-face interviews on your own time with Interview Stream or schedule a mock interview to make sure you’re ready for the real deal.
  • Build your professional network by creating a LinkedIn profile to start making connections.

If you focus on strengthening your resume and network as well as your interviewing and networking skills this year, you will be well prepared for the senior year job search process.

Search for Internships
To position yourself well for the full-time job market next year, you must have an interesting internship this summer. Check out your options now to make sure you have plenty of time to apply.

  • Join the LinkedIn WFU Career Connectors and Alumni groups, and Industry Interest groups. Read and participate in the discussion boards.
  • Reach out to connections for career/internship graduate school search advice and information.
  • Attend company information sessions hosted by potential employers.
  • Attend on-campus career and graduate school fairs

Investigate Graduate School
Thinking about graduate school? Check out the OPCD graduate school webpage for more information.

In order to develop clarity, competence, and confidence in your career goals, reflecting on your experiences periodically and regularly will ensure that you make sound decisions about your academic, extracurricular, career and life choices. Review and answer these questions on the attached Word document at the end of each semester and the end of your junior summer.